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2003 Scenic Definitives
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
50c Ailsa Mountains, Lake Wakatipu 556a $0.90
$0.90
(i) With silver fronds overprint on fern logo 556a1 $2.70
$2.70
(ii) With missing fronds on silver fern logo (recalled by New Zealand Post) 556a2 $3,600.00
$1 The Coromandel Peninsula 556b $1.80
$1.80
(i) With silver fronds overprint on fern logo 556b1 $7.20
$7.20
$1.50 Arrowtown, Central Otago (Simplified) 556c $2.70
$2.70
(i) Arrowtown, Central Otago - Die I 556c1 $2.55
$2.70
(ii) With silver fronds overprint on fern logo - Die I 556c2 $13.50
$13.50
(iii) Arrowtown, Central Otago - Die II 556c3 $2.70
$2.70
$2 Tongariro National Park 556d $3.60
$3.60
(i) With silver fronds overprint on fern logo 556d1 $18.00
$18.00
$5 Castlepoint, Wairarapa 556e $9.00
$9.00
(i) With silver fronds overprint on fern logo 556e1 $45.00
$45.00
Set of 5 556f $17.10
$17.10
$1.50 Arrowtown, Central Otago (Self Adhesive) from Roll with plain backing (Die I) 556g $2.70
$2.70
$1.50 Arrowtown, Central Otago (Self Adhesive) from Booklet (Simplified) 556h $2.55
$2.70
(i) Arrowtown, Central Otago (Self Adhesive) Die I from Booklet 556h1 $2.70
$2.70
(ii) Arrowtown, Central Otago (Self Adhesive) Die II from Booklet with phosphor tagging 556h2 $2.70
$2.70
(iii) Arrowtown, Central Otago (Self Adhesive) Die II from Booklet with no phosphor tagging 556h3 $2.70
$2.70
$7.50 Self Adhesive Booklet of five $1.50 stamps (Issued May 2003) 556i $13.50
… Five Stamps : $1.50 (556h1 x 5)
$7.50 Self Adhesive Booklet of five $1.50 stamps (Issued August 2007) with five International Economy and five International Air Labels 556j $13.50
… Five Stamps : $1.50 (556h2 x 5)
$7.50 Self Adhesive Booklet of five $1.50 stamps (Issued March 2009) with two large Air Mail stickers 556k $13.50
… Five Stamps : $1.50 (556h2 x 5)
$7.50 Self Adhesive Booklet of five $1.50 stamps (Issued May 2009) with no labels and no phosphor tagging 556l $13.50
… Five Stamps : $1.50 (556h3 x 5)
$7.50 Self Adhesive Booklet of five $1.50 stamps with no labels 556m $13.50
… Five Stamps : $1.50 (556h2 x 5)
First Day Cover - 7 May 2003 556n $21.25
… Six Stamps : 50c (556a), $1 (556b), $1.50 (556c), $2 (556d), $5 (556e), $1.50 (556g)
Some catalogues include stamps from the 2004 Scenic Definitives and 2007 Scenic Definitives under this issue as they were all designed in the same style.



A limited edition set of gummed stamps with the New Zealand Post frond logo silver foiled were produced and sold in complete numbered sheets. On all values the silver foil matches and overlays the black printing on the regular issue stamps (in the sample shown above the foiling is offset slightly). An initial printing of the 50 cent stamp with a solid rather than segmented silver frond (556a2) was distributed in error and subsequently recalled for replacement.



The $1.50 stamp (Die I) was initially printed from a photograph where the figure in front of the doorway was cloned out and extra shadow was cloned onto the road under 'Arrowtown' to improve readability. When the stamp was reprinted in 2007, the printers mistakenly used the original photo image resulting in the (Die II) variety where a figure in a white top can be seen walking past the doorway of the nearest building and sunlight on the road under 'Arrowtown' makes the text less legible.


Bibliography
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume X
Edited by B.G. Vincent FRPSNZ
Published 2013 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated (ISBN 978-0-9876534-3-7)
Pages 36 - 38, 415 - 426
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